MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – REVIEWS

ALL FILMS REVIEWED BY GREG KING LAST UPDATED AUGUST 13, 2017 FINAL PORTRAIT. In 1964, renowned portrait artist and sculptor Albert Giacometti passed away soon after completing his final painting. He had painted a portrait of American journalist James Lord, who had come to Paris for a brief visit. The portrait was only supposed to take a couple of days, but the increasingly frustrated Lord spent a couple of weeks with the mercurial artist in his Paris studio. Final Portrait is a passion project for writer/director Stanley Tucci who has been nurturing the film Continue reading

A MONSTER CALLS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: J A Boyona Stars: Lewis MacDougall, Liam Neeson, Felicity Jones, Sigourney Weaver, Toby Kebbell, Geraldine Chaplin. The films of Spanish filmmaker J A Bayona have dealt with families in crisis and children in peril, and they have always had a strong emotional subtext running through them. His previous films have included the horror film The Orphanage, and The Impossible, which told the story of a family affected by the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami. His third feature film is A Monster Calls, a mix of horror and complex coming of age Continue reading

A GHOST STORY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Lowery Stars: Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, Will Oldham. Despite its title, this is not a horror story, nor is it a conventional haunted house story. Nor is it a remake of the 1981 John Irvin film Ghost Story, that was based on a novel written by Peter Straub. Rather this oblique and glacially paced art house drama is a film about a ghost suffering an existential crisis. The film offers a melancholy and haunting meditation on love, loss, death, the legacy we leave behind, and existence itself. The film follows C (played by Continue reading

DESCENT INTO THE MAELSTROM

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Jonathan Sequeira.   This well-crafted, well-researched and sharply edited documentary serves up a warts and all look at the rise and turbulent times of seminal Australian rock band Radio Birdman. Formed in 1974 the band was at the forefront of the punk new wave scene in the 70s. The band came about when American-born aspiring medical student Deniz Tek shared a house in the Sydney suburb of Kensington with musician Ron Keeley. The band comprised Tek, lead singer and songwriter Rob Younger, Pip Hoyle, Warwick Continue reading

WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Matt Reeves, Stars: Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Karin Konoval, Terry Notary, Michael Adamthwaite, Amiah Miller, Ty Olsson, Toby Kebbell, Judy Greer, Sara Canning, Aleks Paunovic, Devyn Dalton. Ape-pocalypse Now? War For The Planet Of The Apes is the third and supposedly concluding chapter in the rebooted Planet Of The Apes franchise, especially if you don't include Tim Burton's awful and misguided 2001 attempt to remake the 1968 sci-fi classic that starred Charlton Heston as an astronaut stranded on a distant Continue reading